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The national under-17 male football team have arrived in Calabar, Cross River for their closed door camping ahead of the African U-17 Championship qualifier, an official has said.
A statement by the team’s Media Officer, Morakinyo Abodunrin, in Abuja on Sunday said the players and officials were gradually settling down at their Princeville Hotel Camp.
The statement quoted the team’s captain, Kelechi Nwakali, as saying the team’s players are ready to work hard ahead of their matches in the qualifying competition.
“It is great to be here again and we are ready to work hard.
“Coming here will help our concentration and we thank the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) and the Cross River government for this opportunity,” it quoted Nwakali as saying.
According to the statement, the team, known as the Golden Eaglets, resumed training on Monday at the Abraham Ordia Stadium of the University of Calabar.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the team had been in an open screening camp in Abuja since March.
Thirty-three players were selected after the 70-day screening and documentation period at the FIFA Goal Project pitch of the Abuja National Stadium.
Their screening is in preparations for the 2015 African U-17 Championship qualifiers.
The Golden Eaglets will meet the winners of the first round tie between Congo DR and Burundi in July.
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